Thursday evening, December 5th, Santa had arrived in Dillon with one of his reindeer for Dillon’s annual lighting celebration.
Amidst all the excitement for the season, and while Santa was inside the La Riva building visiting all the children, the reindeer jumped the enclosure, leading everyone on a healthy jog and sight-seeing trip through town.
Wanting to make sure he got in all the sights of Dillon, and the most fun, swimming across Dillon Reservoir to the Roberts Tunnel, the reindeer wandered throughout the night and most of the next day taking in the beauty of the area.
Finally seeing enough in this trip and after Santa brought some of his other reindeer to see the area, the sight-seer decided to return to his friends assisted by Dillon Police Officer Bryan Wagner and Summit County Animal Control Officer JJ Swirka.
The reindeer are now in preparation for the upcoming flight around the world on Christmas Eve. The reindeers made a promise to return next year to again add to the season’s festivities and delight of Children.